Advisory Councils

Senior Advisory Council

The 20-member Senior Advisory Council is made up of older adults (60 years and older), representatives of older adults, local elected officials, persons with leadership experience, representatives from agencies providing services to older adults and the general public. The following are the current members of the Senior Advisory Council:

Clatsop County

  • Linda Crandell
  • Vacant

Marion County

  • Amador Aguilar
  • Patrick Brodigan
  • Ed Cavin
  • Mel Fuller
  • Ruth McEwen - Chair
  • Angela Plowhead - Vice-Chair
  • Charles Richards
  • Rebekah Smith
  • Heather Wechter
  • Vacant

Polk County

  • Shirl Staats
  • Betty Sledge
  • Vacant

Tillamook County

  • Vacant
  • Vacant

Yamhill County

  • Carol Hankins
  • Reed Hedland
  • Vacant

Disability Services Advisory Council

The 15-member Disability Services Advisory Council (DSAC) is made up of persons that use or have used disability services and individuals interested in issues and services to people with disabilities. This group meets monthly and meetings are open to the public. The current Disability Services Advisory Council members are:  

At Large

  • Donna Davis
  • Kathy Eckert-Mason
  • Judith Richards - Chair
  • Heather Wechter
  • Vacant

Clatsop County

  • Steve Manesis - Vice Chair
  • Vacant

Marion County

  • Ruth McEwen
  • Colin Brown

Polk County

  • Bill Kluting
  • Shirl Staats

Tillamook County

  • Vacant
  • Vacant

Yamhill County 

  • Roxanne Wilson
  • Vacant

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, all meetings will be held via Zoom or phone:

To join the public meeting via Zoom:
https://nwsds.zoom.us/j/353358393?pwd=WXdnYlZMZWsvM2U0cmFHUXpnWmk4UT09
Meeting ID: 353 358 393
Passcode: 12345

To join the public meeting via phone:
877 853 5247 US Toll-free
Meeting ID: 353 358 393
Passcode: 12345

Accommodations: Reasonable accommodations will be provided as needed for individuals requesting assistive hearing devices, language interpreters or large-print materials. Individuals needing these types of accommodations should contact staff at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting (503-304-3451 or zaira.flores@nwsds.org).

Tasks of the Advisory Councils include reviewing and approving NWSDS’ budget, tracking legislation, monitoring services paid for by NWSDS, interviewing and recommending new members, and acting as an executive committee. Council meetings are open to the public. 2021 SAC DSAC Meeting Schedule. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, all meeting will be held by Zoom or phone, until further notice. 

The Senior Advisory Council and the Disability Services Advisory Council members generally serve on one of six committees:

Steering Committee – acts as an executive committee and sets the council agendas.
Budget Committee - reviews and recommends approval of the agency's annual budget.
Legislative & Advocacy Committee – tracks legislation on the state and federal levels that will affect people with disabilities.
Monitoring Committee – participates in reviews of services paid for by NWSDS.
Nominating & Orientation Committee – interviews and recommends new members.
Civic Engagement Committee – helps recruit volunteers for agency programs and advisory councils, and participates in community outreach opportunities.